Interview: Sashi Kaufman, YA Author

sashikaufmanSashi Kaufman is an author and middle school English and science teacher who lives in Portland, Maine with her husband and daughter. THE OTHER WAY AROUND is her debut novel. She is also an amateur trash picker.

Keep up with Sashi on her website.

Let’s see how Sashi answers the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your idea of happiness?
Hiking to the top of a mountain with a close friend on a perfectly crisp autumn day, eating something delicious and walking back down.

What is your favorite song? When do you first remember hearing it?
My current favorite is Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. I first heard it at the House of Blues in Boston. My whole family was there and I had just told them that I was pregnant. I love music with bluegrass or folk roots.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wouldn’t mind being a really good dancer -either a competition level salsa dancer or like a hip hop dancer from the days of In Living Color.

Cover TOWAOn what occasion do you lie?
When I feel insecure or backed into a corner. Both of which are rare.

What is your present state of mind?
Mildly over-sugared.

What is your motto?
Always be comfortable.

What character trait do you most value in your friends?
The ability to listen.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Cool. Weird.

Your favorite painting?
I love Marc Chagall but I don’t think I could choose one. We were both born on July 7th!

What is your favorite journey?
I love the journey from my house near Portland up the coast of Maine. I love the way the touristy stuff thins out and the scenery just gets more and more breath-taking.


Marc Chagall, Time is a River Without Banks (1930-39)

Marc Chagall, Time is a River Without Banks (1930-39)

What is your favorite time of day?
My favorite time to work is morning. But my favorite time of day would have to be late afternoon at the beach.

With which literary hero or heroine would you most like to share a coffee?
I don’t drink coffee but I’d love to have a cup of tea with Jo March. When I was little I wanted to bring my penny jar back in time to the All of a Kind Family girls.

What do you need to achieve before you can die happy?
Staying present in the moment and appreciating what I have.

Who or what is your first love?

What’s the last dream you remember?
I often dream I’m traveling. Some of the places exist only in my dreams but I come back to them frequently.

What’s your madeleine?
Swedish Fish––when I was a kid my family would have a contest to see who could keep theirs in the their mouth the longest before it dissolved. As an adult I realized that this also kept us quiet.

Without thinking, in one word: what is life?